Ronald Koeman appointed new Netherlands head coach

Ronald Koeman appointed new Netherlands head coach

Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been named as the new Netherlands coach.

The Dutch have been without a head coach since Dick Advocaat stepped down in November after they failed to qualify for the 2018 finals.

In a statement, the KNVB said Koeman had signed a contract "up to and including the 2022 World Cup", and he was due to speak at a news conference later on Tuesday.

Guus Hiddink and Danny Blind held the position before Advocaat during a hard period, in which they failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

It was a massive humiliation for the football-mad Dutch, causing much soul-searching, and an added blow to national pride after the team also missed Euro 2016.

Koeman made no secret of his desire to coach the Netherlands, and was disappointed not to have been appointed when Louis van Gaal left after the 2014 World Cup.

"We need a system to get the best out of our players and to get an advantage over our opponents".

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I'm really positive about the future of the national team.

"We know we don't have the best players, but that doesn't mean that you cannot have the best team", he added.

He played 78 internationals for the Netherlands and was part of the team's only major title, the 1988 European Championship.

Koeman said he would not be bound by the long-standing Dutch dogma of playing a 4-3-3 system.

"Koeman's sacking at Everton came as a gift from heaven for the KNVB", the popular De Telegraaf said.

The 54-year-old takes charge of a national team for the first time in his career having managed nine clubs prior, the latest being with Everton in the Premier League.

The Dutch will then face world champions Germany and France in the new UEFA Nations League in September and October.

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